Abstract # 13299 Event # 24:

Scheduled for Thursday, August 22, 2019 10:30 AM-12:00 PM: (Room 309) Roundtable


M. A. Bloomsmith and S. Jean
Yerkes National Primate Res. Ctr., Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30329, USA
     Social housing is central to maintaining the welfare of monkeys used in research settings. Pair housing has become the default condition for monkeys actively serving on many types of biomedical research studies. However it has been more difficult to socially house macaques on infectious disease research studies such as those involving Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SIV), particularly because of the possibility of cross-transmission of the virus between social partners. This roundtable discussion will focus conversation on macaques assigned to SIV studies and methods to accommodate their social housing. Recent data will be presented including a survey of current housing conditions for SIV research protocols, the effect of social housing on physiological parameters important to SIV research, and a comparison of wounding incidence across housing arrangements as related to possible viral transmission. Discussion will cover situations in which social housing is being used within SIV studies, social housing during Antiretroviral Therapy, and potential threats to studies such as cross-transmission in different social settings. Participants will be Kelly Metcalf Pate, Melissa Truelove, Kate Baker and Kris Coleman. The Roundtable Discussion will be of interest to many working with nonhuman primates within infectious disease studies including virologists, veterinarians, behavioral management specialists, animal care professionals and IACUC members. Sponsored by the National Primate Research Center’s Behavioral Management Consortium and the Association of Primate Veterinarians.